Mud was the theme for the athletes of Halstead this weekend with a choice of the notorious ‘Steyning Stinger’ and the ’Mill Hill Marathon’

The notoriously tough ‘Steyning Stinger’ is run over distances of 13.1 or 26.2 miles on the South Downs in Sussex and features hills and mud, add to that the strong winds on Sunday with elevation gains on over 1,300ft. demonstrates how tough of a challenge this event is.

Bob Langley bravely took on the full marathon course, however an ankle injury forced him to retire at 20 miles.

Jim Leaney chose this event to run his first half marathon and put in a spirited performance to complete the course in 2:30:01

Glynn Stone 2:02:39
Sam Woltan 2:05:17
Neil Poulter 2:05:42
Andy Carter 2:08:55
Jim Leaney 2:30:01
Wendy Carter 2:32:10

Meanwhile Dan Smith and Andy Wilmot chose the inaugural running of the ’Mill Hill’ Marathon. This multi lapped off road course in North London, was by no means a stroll in the park, run mainly on muddy bridal ways and flooded fields in the picturesque setting of North London. Conditions were heavy to say the least, however both men finished.

Andy Wilmot 5:03
Dan Smith 6:03

Halstead Road Runners meet on a Wednesday evening at 7:15pm at Courtaluds Sports Ground, Colchester Road. If you are interested in joining please contact club captains Jim Clark 07921 312361 or Jenn Langley 07769 997189, for further information.